Among my friends I am known for my love of high high heels. I could write sonnets about the profile of a pointed toe pump – the graceful curve of its arch juxtaposed against the spike of its heel is as magical to me as any work of art.
But, let’s face it, now that I am exploring a life outside of corporate journalism the opportunities to bust out the Manolos for an average work day are few and far between. (That does not mean I might not occasionally blog from home in sweats and heels — I might. I have a pair of B. Brian Atwood red pointed toe pumps that have not been properly broken in after all).
Also, a lot of my “work” these days requires me to run around from place to place while still looking stylish — hard to do in 80 degree heat and stilettos.
But, as I have mentioned before, I am pretty lucky and right now one of my other favorite shoe trends (besides ladylike, ultra-femme heels) is having a major moment: ugly, mannish looking shoes.
Birkenstocks, Nike shower slides, slip-on sneakers, masculine loafers … I cannot get enough …
What I love the most about the array of funky flat shoe offerings is that you can wear them with so many things: my metallic Birkenstocks (get em here and other places, but act quick because they are selling out) go with dresses; circle, skater, or pleated skirts; shorts, jeans and maxis – pretty much my summer staples. The metallic Kenneth Cole loafers (on sale here) class up a pair of rolled boyfriend jeans and ground a floaty summer dress. But the leopard print slip-on sneaks (Sam Edelman “Becker” slip ons) go with everything and make it so easy to look stylish and cool (even fashion-y) no matter what I put on.
And there is something especially stylish about working a clunky shoe against a girly or classic outfit.
For instance a body skimming dress, with a clutch and feminine jewelry worn with metallic Birkenstocks looks especially fresh. And what about an all-white suit (trend alert!) with a cartoon Tee and hot pink Nike slides? How’s that for comfy awesome style?
Want more? Shop it here:
- H&M Slip on sandals, $29.95
- JCrew (flat, funky plus leopard? sign us up)
- Aldo — $60 for awesome? Yes, please!
- Nordstrom – Classic and metallic.
- Vans – now and always
Ciao for now